K’taka moves SC to modify order on release of Cauvery water
The government of the south-west Indian state of Karnataka on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of the September 20 order, asking it to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till Tuesday, on the ground that its reservoirs do not have sufficient water.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra on September 20 had directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till September 27, while raising the quantum fixed by the Supervisory Committee by 3,000 cusecs.
Karnataka, in its fresh plea, had expressed inability to implement the apex court order on various grounds including the fact that it does not have adequate water to supply to its cities including Bengaluru.
The apex court had on September 20 also directed the Centre to constitute within four weeks the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) as directed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in its award.
On September 12, the apex court had asked both the states to ensure that “law and order” prevails.
It had modified its earlier order on sharing of Cauvery water and directed Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs instead of 15,000 cusecs per day till September 20 to Tamil Nadu.
The apex court bench was also critical of the language used in the plea of Karnataka seeking to keep in abeyance the September 5 order asking it to release 15,000 cusecs water per day to Tamil Nadu.
Strife over Cauvery not a sign of healthy democracy: Venkaia
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<div style="display: inline !important;">The recent incidents of violence in both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, over Cauvery water dispute is not a sign of healthy democracy, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Monday. “...because, 69 years after Independence if you start quarreling ... set on fire this bus and that bus. What happened recently in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is not a good thing for democracy...It is not a good sign for healthy democracy,” Venkaiah remarked after inaugurating the Telangana Postal Circle here.
“We are all one people...we are one country...we may be different states for administrative convenience and for developmental purpose. But at the end of the day we all are Indians. So, let us keep this spirit in mind and move forward and both states should work and should develop,” said Naidu.